Cookie Cutter Stairway Makeover

Whether this really is a cookie cutter house, I don’t know, it doesn’t matter.  I do know that I lived in a suburban subdivision house that had this same stairway, like every other house in the neighborhood. For those suffering with cookie cutter house elements, there are ways to customize. Here’s a staircase upgrade that will make your head spin.  DIY Superwoman, Centsational Girl, obviously versed in a higher design aesthetic, patiently and painstakingly converted her uneventful staircase into a decorators’ showhouse caliber work of pure craftsmanship and good taste. Continue Reading

Get the Look of Wainscoting for Less

created at: 2009-05-18

Photo Images: THR & Sons

When we built a home years ago my brother suggested some cost cutting carpentry illusions that gave us the look of custom raised wainscoting panels in the dining room and up the stairway. It’s fairly commonplace now but at the time, it was a clever construction cost cutting idea.

created at: 2009-05-18

Wainscoting was originally used to camouflage what was known as rising damp, a wicking effect on interior walls. Even though the causes of rising damp have long been solved, the use of wainscoting continues for its style and visual interest. Continue Reading